Surprisingly, even the homework burden of college-bound high school seniors was discovered to be rather light, less than an hour per night or six hours per week.
Surprisingly, even the homework burden of college-bound high school seniors was discovered to be rather light, less than an hour per night or six hours per week.Public opinion polls also contradicted the prevailing story. Most said their children’s homework load was about right.
, published an impassioned article, “A National Crime at the Feet of Parents,” accusing homework of destroying American youth.
Drawing on the theories of his fellow educational progressive, psychologist G.
Examining the most reliable empirical evidence at the time, the study concluded that the dramatic claims about homework were unfounded.
An overwhelming majority of students, at least two-thirds, depending on age, had an hour or less of homework each night.
From 1998 to 2003, ’s 2003 article offered a call to arms: “Overbooked: Four Hours of Homework for a Third Grader?
Exhausted Kids (and Parents) Fight Back.” Feature stories about students laboring under an onerous homework burden ran in newspapers from coast to coast.Stanley Hall (who has since been largely discredited), Bok argued that study at home interfered with children’s natural inclination towards play and free movement, threatened children’s physical and mental health, and usurped the right of parents to decide activities in the home.The School districts across the land passed restrictions on homework, culminating in a 1901 statewide prohibition of homework in California for any student under the age of 15.Tales of the homework-burdened American student have become common, but are these stories the exception or the rule?A 2007 Metlife study found that 45 percent of students in grades three to 12 spend more than an hour a night doing homework, including the six percent of students who report spending more than three hours a night on their homework.essay, Karl Taro Greenfeld laments his 13-year-old daughter's heavy homework load.As an eighth grader at a New York middle school, Greenfeld’s daughter averaged about three hours of homework per night and adopted mantras like “memorization, not rationalization” to help her get it all done.Parents wanting more homework out-numbered those who wanted less. Several popular anti-homework books fill store shelves (whether virtual or brick and mortar).depicts homework as one aspect of an overwrought, pressure-cooker school system that constantly pushes students to perform and destroys their love of learning.The film’s website claims over 6,000 screenings in more than 30 countries.In 2011, the ran a front page article about the homework restrictions adopted by schools in Galloway, NJ, describing “a wave of districts across the nation trying to remake homework amid concerns that high stakes testing and competition for college have fueled a nightly grind that is stressing out children and depriving them of play and rest, yet doing little to raise achievement, especially in elementary grades.” In the article, Vicki Abeles, the director of featured an article, “My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me,” by a Manhattan writer who joined his middle school daughter in doing her homework for a week.